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The Warrior Arts Ensemble is the brainchild of Grandmaster Yehoshua Sofer who is perhaps Israel's most experienced exponent of the martial arts today. Sofer was named after Yehoshua Ben Nuen and Avner Ben Ner the Abirim or warlords of Moses and King Shaul. He is a seventh degree black belt/Master in Korean Kuk Sool Won and Hapkido which are both very traditional martial arts and a sixth degree black belt in Tukgong Musool which is a very lethal and aggressive outgrowth of Kuksool designed for elite combat units in the South Korean military, anti-terror and various Special Operations personnel as well as a select group of the intelligence communities. The Grandmaster is one of few people who have attained such a high rank in these highly specialized and complex martial systems. Gm Sofer holds a third degree black belt in the more popular Taekwondo as well as black belts in Taesoodo and Tangsoodo. In his youth he experimented in western boxing, Full-Contact kickboxing , Choy Lay Fut, Tai Mantis, White Crane and Hung Gar styles of Kung Fu and attained a great wealth of experience from his many brutal encounters with a wide variety of Jew haters who intended him harm for hates' sake alone on the streets of three continents . Sofers' Grandfather Nachman is said to have played with him from the age of three indoctrinating him with games based on the elder mans' old Hevron/Hejaz Abir ; Shootnah, Karkour, Paziza, heavkuth, kunfoon, Keshet, Herev Rahav (Middle Eastern Broad Sword), slingshot, javelin, nabuta, maagal and the maaraf. Saba Nachman acquired wrestling and Korean ‘Jujitsu’ while serving in an infantry/horseman's unit of the Russian Army after being accosted while on a pilgrimage to the tomb of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov. He was held against his own free will for five years until his escape. These were the skills he sought to pass on in secret as tradition dictated until a proper time in the future. Today The Grandmaster of ABIR® is a Regional Director in charge of The Korea/World KIDOHAE (Martial Arts Association/Federation) The Hanminjok Hapkido Association in Israel and many other countries across Europe. He is a guest Instructor for the former Soviet Union's antiterrorist ALPHA Team and Berkut (Eagle Squad Police) Units on the Ukraine. He introduced The KIDOHAE's Grandmaster/President Seo In Sun who is a 10th degree black belt and co -founder of KuK Sool Won together with a special International KIDOHAE Master Demo Team of which Sofer is a member to the world community by placing them on the
internal energy concepts. formality. or anything too deep or complicated that it demands too much time and repetition to 'master'. i.. history. Sofer’s ‘’new’’ Abir would be designed as an effective form of martial art for the Jewish nation based on it's own ancient martial heritage. culture. Sofer achieved a level of exposure for his Korean Grandmaster who he reveres with ultimate respect while creating a bit of history for himself as Gm Seo expressed agreement and praise for Sofer's proposal to create an effective new fighting system based on traditional Abir themes with a teaching methodology to fit today’s needs. oldest and most prestigious international governing body for traditional Korean martial arts in existence. Seo said ’’Abir is a Jewish martial art from Israel and so you don’t need any other nation to recognize it. customs and ceremonies. spirituality and reintroduces its alphabet. esoteric pursuits. breath cessation and other meditation techniques mentioned in the Holy Torah along with a format that includes and is interwoven with the study of it's unique calendar. holidays. religion. religious beliefs. therefore making it a ''traditional'' martial art without a shadow of a doubt.performers list at the Karate Bushido Magazines 16th Annual Martial Arts Festival at The Omni sport Palace at Paris/Bercy (March 24th 2001) and televised across the world on the EUROSPORT Network. What makes Abir unique among Israel’s systems such as Hisardut or Krav Maga? While it is true that there are contemporary systems of martial arts that have been developed in the State of Israel since it's independence as a 'Jewish State' they are quite similar to one another in that they are basically jujitsu warmed over with a touch of the eclectic while their ''tradition'' having been Japanese for the most part was therefore considered inappropriate for modern Israel and it's so called ''NEW JEWS'' who felt that the key to survival a nd acclamation into The ''Global'' community was to cast off it's 'weak' and 'primitive' Jewish beliefs. . rituals and celebrates it's people's true heroes from throughout it's illustrious past. healing arts. demeanor and spirit to replace it with a 'modern' 'no-nonsense'. language. The word Korean is the key word regarding the role of GM Seo’s organization so his recognition of Sofer’s work is his alone and not that of the association.’’ Although basically a totally modern system of martial art/combat Sofer's ''ABIR®'' is deeply rooted in ancient Israelite (Jewish) traditions.e. 'pragmatic' and 'tough guy' approach that has no place for tradition. Yehoshua Sofer became Israel's first own Grandmaster of an original system recognized by the President and Chairman of perhaps the largest. The idea here is to be an art that is as much reality oriented as it is concerned with tradition and the health benefits that accompany Abir incidentally.
the study of creation and the Creator are seen as a waste of time. They were only 13 and 14 years old and had but a saber each. Joshua. breathing correctly. Ancient Israelites were master swordsmen and marksmen with bow and arrow. Dvorah. Yehoshua (Joshua) was the warlord (ABIR) of Moses. Today Christians usurp these saintly ancestors and pride themselves as if these are their ancestors and have used these scriptures recounting Israel's most saintly Biblical heroes to . Gideon defeated 120. Lahish. the ground beneath us and it's constant recounting of biblical feats of Israel's ancestors and symbolism. the Midrash and others such as the Book Of Yashar and the diaries of the first century historian Flavius Josephus that recall the battle prowess of the tribes of Israel and prove that they were Masters of armed and weaponless martial arts and had tremendous strength which they gathered in the lower abdomen (referred to frequently as 'loins' in the Hebrew Bible of the Jews as tra nslated into English. Bethlehem. Judges. Megiloth (the Scrolls). the development of good health and self awareness. the first century historian wrote that The Israelites developed combat techniques by studying the tactics and movements of wild beasts of the forest. Shimon and Levi avenged the rape of their sister Dinah by killing Shechem. understanding natural movement. They beheaded their foes with the ease that a bean is popped off of its shaft. They smote ten and a half thousand men. Eglon and Hebron among a total of 31. the Talmud. and Yael (who drove a spike through the temples of Sissra's head) demonstrated that even the women were capable if not utterly deadly in battle. Flavious Josephus. An interesting point to be noted is that ABIR® makes use of many martial and combat forms that tell a story pictorially with a language rich in its mimicry of biblical beasts of the wild and the mystical that occupy the heavens.000 Medianite and Amalekite warriors with 3 00 men. Ai. He later slew the monarchs of Jerusalem. cultivating harmony with oneself and with others. Samson smashed his shinbone into the thighs of the Philistines reminiscent of the ''Low-Kick'' and the roar of Yehuda killed the Pharaoh and shattered the teeth of those around him far and wide causing miscarriages across Egypt. Yehudit. the sea. If Abir is the general study of a variety of old Hebrew Israelite Jewish fighting systems …how do we know that our people ever had such a warrior tradition? Yehoshua Sofer has searched out the massive amount of material available in ancient texts like the Pentateuch. Samuel. spear and slingshot. At that very moment as written in the Midrash Raba Yosef drove a mighty kick into a stone pillar he was sitting on pulverizing it. That roar was heard by Hoshin Ben Dan in the Galilee.Concepts or concerns such as. There is the major difference in concept and theory between ABIR® and all other Israeli offerings.
honor and other traditional aspects of martial arts. But the standard of instruction at the municipality and community centers is frighteningly low compounded by an atmosphere of brutal contact sports that implant impressionable youth with a competitive drive to crush their opponent at all cost without any of the elements of virtue. There is also the fear that religious youth will mingle with bad elements and undesirables who worship physicality and vanity and power by engaging in martial arts training. respect. says Sofer but why doesn't the Jewish world recognize this glory as being the Jewish Peoples own glorious heritage? Why do today's Rabbis denigrate the study of Martial Arts that were undoubtedly a daily pastime of our ancestors? The Rambam (Maimonides who was a renowned physician as well as a Rabbi) says in the third section of Moreh Nebuhim or”Guide For The Perplexed” that there are simpletons that dismiss the practice of exercise. fellow students. fitness and confidence.use as Gospel Preaching Tools to win over new ''Born agains'' through what they see works as a powerful medium…''martial arts’ ministries. ABIR® training is a form or studying and practicing a form of Torah Life in motion. Surely this can not be seen as anything but a most positive activity. harmony. anybody to be a role model and to discipline their children. Others send them to martial arts classes as a last effort to find somebody. and particularly wrestling. Is this cautious attitude because the arts available are of the 'ways' of the nations? Would those in the community who are opposed to martial arts training not have the same resistance toward Grandmaster Sofer as a perpetrator of wasted time? With the fortification of The Torah and Jewish values achieved while promoting health. Parents among the secular sector in Israel are confronted with reports of violence and decay in the moral of youth here beginning at the elementary schools and fear that their children will learn martial arts and beat their siblings. We are after all commanded by The Creator to defend ourselves. or even their parents. Okay. If this is a Jewish martial art how come many Rabbis don’t insist that these Abir Warrior Arts be taught to the Jewish people? What does Abir training achieve for us today? Isn’t real battle waged with modern weaponry these days? There is a concern among Jewish religious leaders that the practice of martial art studies are sewn of concepts steeped in Idolatry and take time away from Torah study and lead to violence. or even their school teachers. As a Master of martial arts with experience training under many of the world's more notable exponents of several systems of combat arts both . faculty. boxing and breath cessation as a means to achieve health and longevity as being frivolous acts while the sages look upon these things with much favor and praise.
Korea.S. The major divide between Israelis today is not so much political as politics are left today to the politicians who alienate themselves from the people in general these days thanks to their inept ineffectiveness and petty opportunism in the face of terror and war. Tend to choose overly aggressive shallow forms of combat sports or ineffective artistic styles when self defense was professedly the reason they elected to begin training.. Of course there are always exceptions to the rule. or India etc. desire. 6. unmotivated. agriculture academia and modern military arts and aerodynamics to name a few. and potential do they encounter stumbling blocks with the curriculum and difficulty to assimilate proper application of techniques 3. Why even when they have the best intentions. why so many Israelis have an attitude that says ''give it to me fast and make it to the point'' and wonder why they don't feel they are achieving their spiritual potential.in northeast Asia and in the U. The major definitive partition . Don’t even begin such study even though the society in Israel suffers from so much daily stress and other maladies that martial arts training are known to effect in a healing manner and serve to channel pent up aggression and defuse violent behavior 5. unsatisfied and often oblivious to the dire state of existence they are suffering in. Israelis are capable of learning and show athletic prowess ascending in the successful ranks of many branches of sports. are unhappy. Sofer makes note that we Israelis have made tremendous advances in science and technology. Our p rowess in intelligence is legendary and given the nasty threat of terror that looms over us each and every moment. Yehoshua Sofer has sought to analyze why Israelis… 1. Indonesia. Philippines. Sofer has come to the conclusion that Israel like any nation is mighty when unified and weakest when polarized or divided. unhealthy. This factor has narrowed the gap between the ethnic and social -economic elements of society. Have no patience to learn traditional /specialized quality martial arts from China. our security is highly commendable with all of its flaws. 2. Japan. do/can not conform to disc ipline standards accepted without resistance in other countries 4. This has served to close the gap between the left and right of the political spectrum. All elements of the economy are feeling the crunch while our collective blood pressure rises as we approach an all out local and inclusive regional war.
Pious Jews are exemplary in their care to properly avoid any transgression of The Torah and do not take chances without consulting valid qualified rabbinical authorities on these matters. ethics or lifestyle. The difference is at times only the manner and the language in which they are explained. Grandmaster Sofer knows that many martial arts hide an agenda that includes use of spirits and idolatrous beliefs or a philosophy that is diametrically opposed to Judaism. and training in them as just the thing to galvanize and fuse these two diverse groups together without infringing on or judging either of them. No demand is made by Grandmaster Sofer for either group to assume the others position or to relinquish its morals. Martial arts are beyond the rabbinical realm of their experience but Grandmaster Sofer is Yeshiva educated and a Rabbi's son. The pious religious community has many youth and youthful thinking adults who see much benefit in martial arts training. history. On a simpler level the Grandmaster of ABIR® positions that various martial arts suit their ethnic subjects geo-indigenous mindset and culture . language. These possibilities cause major conflicts within a Jewish person who seeks a martial art for themselves or their children. Torah. culture. Some styles that one might be totally convinced are of this forbidden nature through their explanations of various principles within them are in fact completely harmless and permissible. Spiritually Sofer maintains that the secular Israeli encounters this same conflict unconsciously and will drop out when his ''neshama'' or soul is victorious in it's battle to defend itself and it's accompanying spirit and physical body from activities that inflict damage to it. holidays. They have the same homeland. God.between Israelis today is based on faith or belief in Judaism itself as a basis for a legitimate purpose to serve the Al-mighty Creator on the Promised Land of Israel by keeping the laws of his Holy Torah on this very land in the trad ition of our ancestors who did so in our glorious past. Other arts have elements of occultism and witchcraft. calendar. Each ABIR® practitioner is encouraged to retain their true identity and Grandmaster Sofer maintains that through the study and practice of ABIR® the two will discover that they are in fact one and the same. Those arts often have the same exact concepts mirrored in our Holy Torah. They are so convinced that it is potentially good for them and/or their children that more and more are willing to hide this participation from the administrative leaders of their strict ''independent educational school systems'' that often blatantly forbid such activity. Yehoshua Sofer sees the reconstruction of ancient Israelite warrior arts of the 12 tribes of Israel. He knows that Aikido is a physical application of Japanese Shintoism and the difference between a bow that reflects a respectful salutation as opposed to prostration associated with prayer. traits and virtues. alphabet.
Turkey. ABIR® serves to unite these same Jewish people by addressing their commonality. Some arts push Zen Buddhism and their forms take on representation of the shapes of their symbols as others take on the lines of Taoist philosophy and others offer magic and hexes and immortality as long as you keep on paying. He wants his students to recognize his country's superiority or at least his country's special contribution to the Mart ial Art community. unattainable or achieved through some mystical form of enlightenment that may or may not ever materialize for anyone else. Another stumbling block when learning a martial art can be when part and parcel of its criterion for advancement in rank is some proficiency in the terminology of the art in the language of the country from which the art and often the instructor originate. Many founding Grandmasters have literally fabricated their own personal bloodlines or history to perpetrate false lineage linking them with mythical monks or kingdoms and professing supernatural powers that are secret. Some styles do not exactly encourage asking questions about why some technique is done in a particular way as opposed to another variation and when and what they must do and how long they must wait to learn a new technique or advance in belt rank. Canada. What’s the matter with doing other peoples martial arts? Haven’t other peoples martial arts been better tested over time? Grandmaster Sofer points out that most of all martial art styles today are new re-constructions of more primitive styles that have simply not survived as unbroken legacies. counterproductive or forbidden to a Jewish person whether from Israel. Brazil. New York. ''Can't I just concentrate on getting the techniques right?'' they ask to the dismay and outrage of the Instructor. or Brooklyn. Other legitimate arts that may be as old as a few hundred years claim to be thousands of ye ars old. Sometimes a compatriot who is really ''gung ho'' for one of these arts masters the 'plastics' of his teachers from the art's indigenous country and they are far stricter about the language and formalities than teaching the art itself than an instructor from the originating country. Tang and Ninjitsu summon the aid or use of ghosts and spirits while others seek to have an animal’s spirit enter them to transform them into fierce fighters with super powers.which can be as simple and natural to them as it is dumbfounding. England. When a student has difficulty in pronouncing and memorizing the foreign vocabulary he or she can feel frustration and inadequacy and can unwittingly insult the instructor by mispronouncing a term or by asking if it is really necessary to know the Japanese Chin ese or Korean words. Today many arts and styles in contrast with their past when these systems were held in secrecy and isolation have begun to imitate each other in copycat fashion to attain a piece of the others popularity and . France.
These Grandmasters administer their organizations more like multi-level marketing scams or like cults instead of martial arts. It is rooted in the Torah and the ancestors of the People of Israel on one hand… and it is an advanced. therefore in accordance with the Torah and the Sages. So am I learning Abir just because I’m Jewish? Does Abir have dynamic innovative technological elements that can stand up to other systems? Enter ABIR®. Some martial arts organizations are biased against Jews and Israel manifested by refusal of branch representation in Israel and a blatant prejudice against the rank advancement of its Jewish members. that it emphases can stand up as a basis for entire martial systems on their own. ABIR® has several unique concepts. developed by Grandmaster Sofer. ABIR® is the answer to all the conflicts and problems addressed above. Grandmaster Sofer recalls one self proclaimed impeccable pillar of virtue in the form of a 'Supreme' Gra ndmaster who packed a ''piece'' to insure that he not waste his superior martial skills on the despicable likes of a jealous husband or an irate card partner vehement about collecting his debt from the 'awesome' Grandmaster when he might be a bit inebria ted. They would never recognize a Jewish Art. . highly sophisticated and diverse system of combat applications formulated for its descendants living in today's society. More and more styles of martial arts are becoming so similar due to this that they have lost their original character and beauty in order to keep up with other more commercially viable arts that are in line with certain popular trends like grappling and ground fighting. ABIR® expresses energetic concepts within the framework of.success. One is The RECOIL PRINCIPLE: It maintains that every return action of a limb returns as if propelled by the laws of gravity toward the torso with greater speed and virtually no stress in direct opposition to the same limbs stressful energy employed to launch an attack directed away from the torso. The founders of several styles have adorned themselves with shamefully gaudy costumes that could rival Elvis Presley's loudest Las Vegas get up. Recoil attacks are therefore the preferred choice of attack since they are stealth weapons which strike the indefensible anterior zone at the opponent’s hind or blindside while positioned directly in front of them ''face to face''. ABIR® is a kosher Martial Art.
the leg never fully extends or hyper extends since it is never theoretically straightened. Use of the arm/leg as the striking surface is not limited to a specific area of the hand/foot but actually employs any surface from the fingers/toes to the elbow/knee at any angle along its circumference. When contact with its target is missed there is even more danger of tearing the muscles ligaments or tendons. On the contrary. The ball of the foot. it continues to build momentum and speed and can strike its target with virtually any part of the leg from the knee down to the toes depending only on the distance from the opponent and whether contact is made on the more vertical. to the sides or to the rear. and bottom of the heel when striking at various angles. tendons and joints with each additional execution. the act of releasing this deadly weapon tends to relax the limbs while strengthening them and gaining flexibility and mobility of the muscles. This is a totally unique method of striking. Another danger is encountered when such techniques are aimed at higher target zones as the body is placed in a very compromising balancing act that exposes the groin to counterattack. sides. whether snapping or thrusting. this attack which was executed with the right arm directed right to left could have equally been initiated at point zero with the elbow at the opponent’s kidney or liver culminating with the fingers in a left to right motion. instep. ankle. The leg need not be ''stretched out'' since care is taken not to straighten the leg and full power is only achieved when the Arrow is launched with total relaxation. Conversely. Ruakh Khayuth or Life -spirit pumped into the limb directed by . A strike can be initiated at point zero with the fingers pressing into the opponents liver only to curl in thus striking in deeper with the back hand and pressing consistently deeper as it flows into a driving lateral elbow strike across the gallbladder and pericardium to the spleen points in one circular scooping motion. ligaments. Limbs stick to the never-lock principle to avoid joint damage due to hyperextension. The Arrow when launched as a frontal attack is actually vertical or horizontal and travels in a broad or narrow circle as opposed to the classical front kick which snaps between two stopping motions and moves in a short half circle if we look at it from the side view. The Arrow never stops. From the very initiation of each whipping circular motion. With The Arrow.Two: The Haetz-Lula’ah ''Arrow-loop'' full. come to two full stops along the way to their completion and endanger the knee joint by exposing it to hyperextension when the leg is locked straight at the end of its trajectory. The classical front kick and the side kick. In fact. horizontal or lateral phase of its circular axis.circle/never-lock striking with the arms or legs. and the lower back to severe injury when and if impact is made. shins or knee are all satisfactory striking surfaces as are the back. inner or outer blades of the feet.
This gives us the total of 613 (Taryag) techniques that correspond to the 613 positive and negative precepts that Jews must observe and keep in acco rdance with Jewish Law as required of us by The Creator in the Torah . They are. These 189 techniques are then learnt in conjunction with an additional 176 techniques that are designed to solve the most commonly encountered types of attacks with effective counters to various applications of those same seven categories performed on us . Locking 3.Rahtson (guiding will) is all that is needed to launch this deadly weapon in an instant with maximum power. Three. 1. a natural flowing blend consisting of any two of these six categories or any one or more combined with another letter This gives us a unique and familiar way to quickly assimilate complex dynamic martial arts combat techniques using these most familiar visual memory tools that give us 189 techniques. This is very significant and is the number of techniques required to achieve Smikha (the ABIR® Instructor level) At Smikha level. Primary initiated attacks or 6. Take downs 5.This gives us 365 techniques in all. Choking 2. Secondary responsive attacks and 7. the Seven Categories of Alphabetical Attack: The Hebrew Alphabet consists of 22 consonants and five word ending letters bringing them to a total of 27 letters in all that are assigned 7 special categories. The Musmakh (Instructor) refines his skills by learning an additional 248 techniques corresponding to the number of organs within the human body. Throwing 4. This number coincides with the number of bones on the human skeleton and the number of days of a year.
.18 Khai Rikudim . These 613 can be built upon to incorporate thousands more and are a mere guide to the keys behind achieving a balanced harmonious life steeped in holiness and purity with an integrated mastery of ones spiritual and physical matter (or khomer) embodying the virtues that make up the initials of an ABIR ® . These are the 18 choreographed fighting dances that tie together the 12 tribes movement and fighting attributes (12 weaponless and 6 weapons forms) necessary to master ABIR®s' 613 techniques.